Lady Goblins prove too much for Lady Pan­thers

■ Siloam Springs bounced back with a win at Clarksville.

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - SPORTS - By Gra­ham Thomas Staff Writer gth­omas@nwadg.com ■

Har­ri­son’s vol­ley­ball team clicked like a well-oiled ma­chine Tues­day in sweep­ing the Lady Pan­thers 25-19, 25-21, 26-24 inside the Pan­ther Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter.

Har­ri­son’s Lin­sey Choate led a bal­anced Lady Goblins of­fense with 10 kills, while Jenna Martin had seven and Brook­lin Ed­wards and Ju­lianna Cramer each had six kills.

The Lady Goblins had 11 ser­vice aces and 10 to­tal blocks in the match. With the vic­tory, Har­ri­son fin­ished off the sea­son sweep of the Lady Pan­thers af­ter beat­ing them 3-1 in Har­ri­son on Aug. 31.

“They are a good team,” said Siloam Springs coach Joellen Wright. “Pol­ished of­fense, crafty with the ball is what I call it. They cut well and put it in places that we’re not. And they prac­tice that, and you can tell.”

It’s the first time in re­cent mem­ory that the Lady Goblins (11-1, 6-1) have come into Siloam Springs and swept the Lady Pan­thers.

“It’s been a long time,” said Har­ri­son head coach April Mat­tix. “Not since I’ve been around. This is a good group.”

In the days lead­ing up to the match, Wright warned the Lady Pan­thers of Har­ri­son’s tough serv­ing tac­tics, which pro­duce low, line drives that are hard to han­dle.

“It’s flat and it’s a line drive,” Wright said. “It’s com­ing right at us. We don’t move our feet well enough to get be­hind the ball. To make that ad­just­ment we pull them back, and when we pull them back they serve it short. We didn’t do a very good job of read­ing where we they went.” Shay­lon Sharp led the Lady Pan­thers with 13 kills, two aces, 10 digs, two solo blocks and one block as­sist. Chloe Price had eight kills, eight digs, 22 as­sists and one ace. El­lie Lamp­ton had six kills, five digs and two block as­sists, while Al­lie Bow­man had two kills and Reigan Brown two kills, one ace and five digs. Madi­son Hall had 10 digs and three aces, while Kailee Thoma­son had six digs and Kirsten Loftis five digs and Jael Har­ried one kill.

The Lady Pan­thers won the ju­nior var­sity match 2-0 (25-22, 25-22).

Siloam Springs 3, Clarksville 0

CLARKSVILLE — The Lady Pan­thers bounced back Thurs­day with a road sweep at Clarksville 25-21, 25-16, 25-12.

El­lie Lamp­ton and Shay­lon Sharp each had five kills, two aces and three digs for the Lady Pan­thers (9-11, 6-3).

Al­lie Bow­man had four kills, while Reigan Brown had three kills and one block and Katie Ken­drick two kills. Madi­son Hall con­trib­uted six aces and five digs, while Chloe Price had four aces, 11 digs and 19 as­sists.

Ken­lie Noel served three aces, while Kirsten Loftis had six digs and Kailee Thoma­son three digs. Siloam Springs won the ju­nior var­sity match 25-8, 25-15.

Up next

The Lady Pan­thers re­turn to ac­tion on Mon­day for a non­con­fer­nce home match against Bro­ken Ar­row, Okla. They’ll then re­turn to 5A/6A District 1 ac­tion on Tues­day at home against Alma.

Bud Sullins/Spe­cial to Siloam Sun­day

Siloam Springs ju­nior hit­ter Reigan Brown hits the ball against Har­ri­son last Tues­day at the Pan­ther Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter. Har­ri­son de­feated the Lady Pan­thers 3-0.

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